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Did Christ Make Mistakes if He is Perfect?

I cannot imagine never thinking an unkind thought or thinking of only others instead of taking some time for myself. It can be overwhelming at the least to consider how He always chose perfectly when it is not possible for us. Because He was the literal Son of Deity, He had power that we in our mortal bodies do not have. Was He tempted? Yes. Absolutely. Does He know for himself what it feels like to hurt someone else, to say a cruel word, to abuse someone innocent? Yes, He knows because He suffered the pain of every person who would ever be born on this planet and as mortals, we have done those things. In order to succor us, He had to carry this giant burden of pain with eternal consequences.

Alma 7: 11-13 says, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.”

He knows how we felt though He never made the mistakes Himself. defines mistake as followed: (n) an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc. (v) to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.

I love how the Savior lived. He took time to learn and to understand. He never made an assumption of someone’s character but instead looked at the hearts of every person He encountered. He never reasoned poorly or made errors in calculation or judgment. He was able to discern clearly through the Holy Ghost which attended Him.

Elder Thomas S. Monson said of our Savior, “We discover He is more than the babe in Bethlehem, more than the carpenter’s son, more than the greatest teacher ever to live. We come to know him as the Son of God. He never fashioned a statue, painted a picture, wrote a poem, or led an army. He never wore a crown or held a scepter or threw around his shoulder a purple robe. His forgiveness was unbounded, his patience inexhaustible, his courage without limit. Jesus changed men. He changed their habits, their opinions, their ambitions. He changed their tempers, their dispositions, their natures. He changed men’s hearts.” 1

Our Savior would never have been able to change man’s nature if he had jumped to conclusions or made incorrect assumptions. Because He was perfect, He was able to accomplish His mission. Does that mean that the child Jesus never dropped a tool or spilled his water? No, probably not but His mission was to come and save mankind. He did that without mistakes.

1. “The Paths Jesus Walked”, Elder Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, April 1974

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  • I think you title poses a great question. I think your answer is a bit lacking in substance. It sounds as if you are you saying that mistakes are the same as sins. While Jesus certainly never sinned, it is improper to say that he never made mistakes. He was not born perfect. He was born as a helpless baby, the same as the rest of us. He had a mortal mother and was susceptable to all of the conditions of fallen mortality. He had a veil over his mind the same as all of us. He reached the age of accountability like we all do. Before that age, as a child, he surely learned some things by sad experience. He tasted the bitterness of making mistakes like all little children do. The difference was, he learned from them and gained wisdom. He never sinned. But of course he made mistakes – they are not always the same thing. If you make the argument that he never made mistakes, then if becomes impossible for us to try and become like him. Just my thoughts

    • Ron